Dr. Karen Bellinger, Anthropologist & Historical Archaeologist

Dr. Karen Bellinger is an anthropologist, archaeologist, and historian who has investigated sites in Europe, Africa, and North and South America, exploring human mysteries from prehistory through the twenty-first century. Much of her research has focused on early modern European culture and society, and its colonial expansion throughout the Atlantic World from the 16th through 21st centuries.

Karen’s special interests include physical and cultural migrations of all kinds; technology, industry, and economy; and the ways in which people use things and space to express culture and identity. She has relied on modern technologies including GIS to reconstruct past landscapes and to synthesize multiple sources of evidence: environmental data, artifacts and structural remains, historic maps and photos, and demographic records, etc.  She is an expert archival researcher and ethnographer/interviewer of local informants. Committed to public archaeology and everyday learning, Karen created a Scholastic and Parents’ Choice award-winning time travel adventure game called The Time Trib. She develops interactive visitor experiences for museums and heritage sites, and writes multimedia historical fiction inspired by world cultures across time and space. She rows competitively in a womens’ quad racing shell and plays cello.

Karen holds a degree in English literature from Yale University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from New York University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Geography at Queen Mary University of London. A dual U.S./U.K. citizen, Karen has worked with universities and heritage institutions including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the College of William & Mary, Queen Mary University of London, the Museum of London, Plimoth Plantation, Yale educational travel, and primary schools in the U.S. and U.K. She is an award-winning educator and Founder and CEO of The Time Tribe, LLC, an educational media company that uses interactive storytelling to bring history and world cultures to life. She relies on the power of great storytelling to share her passions and discoveries with the broadest audience possible.